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by Tim Beissmann

The new-generation Mitsubishi Evo could be a 370kW plug-in hybrid supercar with performance to rival the Nissan GT-R, according to an overseas report.

Autocar reports that, if approved, the successor to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X will inherit technology from the Japanese manufacturer’s MiEV Evolution II prototype race car (below), which competed at last month’s Pike Peak international hill climb.

The MiEV Evolution II featured a unique four-motor layout, with two electric motors at the front and two at the rear combining to give the all-wheel-drive racer a peak power output of 400kW.

MITSUBISHI MOTOR SALES OF AMERICA, INC. 2013 PIKES PEAK INT. HILL CLIMB

The report says the Evo successor’s viability for production is dependent on the acceptance of the brand’s ‘PHEV’ plug-in hybrid powertrain technology, which debuted in the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and is destined for the next-generation Lancer, which is due to launch in 2014.

Autocar believes the styling of the new Evo will take inspiration from the Mitsubishi Concept-RA (top) revealed in Detroit in 2008. The potential hybrid supercar would combine performance superior to any Lancer Evo before it with ultra-low emissions and a pure-electric running mode.

The car is far from locked in, however, with Mitsubishi Motors North America electric vehicle operations executive vice president Masatoshi Hasegawa admitting under-developed charging infrastructure remained a major obstacle for plug-in models in most markets around the world.




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